Victoria Beckham shares fashion shoot photo

first_imgLondon, May 24 (PTI) Fashion designer Victoria Beckham has shared the pictures of her latest photo shoot in which she is modelling lingerie from her own collection and striking poses reminiscent of her Spice Girls days.The 42-year-old singer-designer is seen wearing high-waisted navy underwear and a matching top from her VB label, reported Digital Spy.The former singer can also be seen sporting a pair of Louboutins in one of the series of shots by fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth.Victoria recently attended best friend Eva Longorias wedding to Jose Antonio Baston and even designed the actresss white wedding gown. PTI JCH AYPlast_img

Fallen Novak Djokovic should ask Boris Becker to return, says Radmilo Armenulic

first_imgA struggling Novak Djokovic should bring past mentor Boris Becker back into the fold in order to rediscover his vintage form after dismissing his entire coaching staff on Friday, a former Yugoslavia Davis Cup team captain said.”I expected this move because Djokovic’s results in the past few months have been well below par for the world’s former number one,” Radmilo Armenulic told Belgrade’s B92 website (”Something had to change because this team had become his family of sorts and I think Djokovic has made the right decision.”He will now have to put together a heavyweight coaching staff headed by the likes of Boris Becker, Pete Sampras or some other former top player.”In my opinion, bringing Becker back would be the best course of action as he played the best tennis of his life after the German had joined his team,” added the 76-year old, who steered Yugoslavia to Davis Cup semi-finals in 1988, 1989 and 1991.Djokovic said he had decided to part company with long-time head coach Marijan Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch, and physio Miljan Amanovic after last month’s Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final exit at the hands of Belgian David Goffin.That setback completed a poor run stretching back to last July, when he crashed out in the early stages of Wimbledon. He subsequently relinquished the top spot in the rankings to Briton Andy Murray before parting ways with Becker in December.Having won six of his 12 grand slam titles after the German had become part of his team, including his maiden French Open title in June, the 29-year old Serb failed to spark in 2017 and suffered a shock second-round Australian Open exit.advertisementThe fiasco was followed by a pair of successive defeats against flamboyant Australian Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco and Indian Wells, before Goffin rubbed more salt into his wounds.Armenulic said he believed Djokovic needed to change his game in order to stay competitive in the top echelons.”He is not getting any quicker and therefore needs to switch from long rallies to shorter points.”That, in turn, means he has to go for more net points and baseline winners, which requires the kind of coaching he had under Becker.”I am sure it was his decision to let his coaching staff go but it’s also likely he also consulted someone because sometimes things are better seen from a distance.”last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Fans await Novak Djokovic treat before women’s quarter-final feast

first_imgThe women’s quarter-finals are the main course at Wimbledon on Tuesday, but former men’s champion Novak Djokovic is serving up a juicy appetiser on Centre Court, where fans were short-changed by player withdrawals a week ago.Second seed Djokovic’s fourth-round match against France’s Adrian Mannarino was pushed back from Monday due to the epic five-setter that saw Gilles Muller defeat Rafa Nadal, in one of the biggest shocks of the championships.The Serb will be first up on Centre Court, at midday (1100 GMT), in a bonus event before the women’s quarters. It comes exactly a week after ticketholders saw two successive matches on the same court finish in the second set as players retired hurt.After the Djokovic battle, it will be all about the women’s last eight on a day that is forecast to be cloudy with some showers, with the temperature hovering round 17 Celsius.In a clash of tennis generations, five-times Wimbledon winner Venus Williams – at 37, the oldest player in more than two decades to reach the last eight – will go toe-to-toe with 20-year-old French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.Next up on Centre Court is second seed Simona Halep, who will become the first Romanian woman to reach world number one if she beats sixth seed Johanna Konta, the first British woman in the quarter-finals for 33 years.On Court One, Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova goes up against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, who turfed out world number one Angelique Kerber on Monday. Wrapping up the women’s quarter-finals, big-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe faces Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.advertisementlast_img read more

Conte has no regrets over Mourinho

first_imgAntonio Conte Conte has no regrets and ‘won’t forget’ Mourinho row Dom Farrell 22:44 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) AntonioConte - Cropped Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea José Mourinho Chelsea v Arsenal Manchester United League Cup Premier League The Chelsea coach refused to cede ground in his on-going row with his Manchester United counterpart, insisting he has no regrets over the comments Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has no regrets over his escalating feud with Jose Mourinho.Conte has become embroiled in a war of words with his Manchester United counterpart over the past week after Mourinho made reference to unnamed coaches behaving like “clowns on the touchline”.This was widely interpreted as a swipe at the ever-animated Conte, who responded by accusing Mourinho of having “demenza senile” in his native Italian – Chelsea later maintained their boss was searching for the word for amnesia – and forgetting his actions in the past. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Portuguese then took the invitation to delve into Conte’s past and reference the ex-Juventus and Italy coach’s four-month ban for allegedly failing to report match-fixing at his former club Siena.The 48-year-old was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing and branded Mourinho a “little man” after Chelsea’s 0-0 FA Cup draw against Norwich City on Saturday.Chelsea are back in action against Arsenal in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and, with the unseemly spat still prominent in the pre-match discussion, Conte insisted he had no cause to question his own conduct.”I have this look – a person that regrets? I don’t think so,” he said.”I think we both said the things and we’ll see what happens in future.”GFX Info Antonio Conte Chelsea Jose MourinhoConte went on to reject suggestions that the League Managers’ Association or either club could be needed to step in and mediate on a matter of personal dislike.”I think it is not important for the Association, it’s not important,” he said. “[Mourinho] said serious words and used serious words. I won’t forget this.”This is not a problem for the clubs. It is a problem between me and him.”Chelsea beat United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in November and travel to Old Trafford for the reverse Premier League fixture on February 25.last_img read more

Viking Announces New Egypt Ship and Privileged Access Experiences for 2020

first_imgNew Nile River Ship and Pre-Cruise Extensions Added in Response to Strong Consumer Demand  Los Angeles (May 1, 2019) – Viking ( today announced an expansion of its Egypt program for the 2020 season, which will include the launch of a new ship. Inspired by the design of the award-winning Viking Longships and built specifically for the Nile River, Viking Osiris is currently under construction and will double the company’s owned capacity in Egypt when it debuts in September 2020. Also launching in the next year are two new Pre-Cruise Extensions designed to enhance guests’ base knowledge of Egyptology prior to arriving in Cairo. These five-day extensions to Viking’s Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary will provide guests with Privileged Access to archives and exhibits in London and Oxford that are not normally accessible to the public. This announcement comes as Viking guests continue to express strong interest in Egypt – and just one year after the company launched Viking Ra, a completely renovated vessel and Viking’s first owned and operated ship on the Nile. “Egypt has inspired explorers for generations, and it remains a top destination for many of our guests,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “For more than two decades, we have led the river cruise industry with our fleet development and experiences that bring travelers closer to the cultures of the world. We remain committed to Egypt, and we look forward to introducing the historic treasures of the region to even more Viking guests.” Viking Osiris Hosting 82 guests in 41 staterooms, Viking Osiris will be a state-of-the art ship with the clean, elegant Scandinavian design for which Viking is known – and will join the company’s other ship on the Nile, Viking Ra,which launched in 2018. Viking is the first and only Western company to build, own and operate ships on the Nile. New Pre-Cruise Extensions Building on the success of the Oxford & Highclere Castle program – Viking’s highest-rated Pre/Post Extension that visits “The Real Downton Abbey” – the company has applied the same degree of Privileged Access to two new curated Pre-Cruise Extensions that allows guests to retrace the steps of the world’s most famous Egyptologist, Howard Carter, and his benefactor, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Guests on the five-day British Collections of Ancient Egypt extension will meet their Viking Tour Director, an expert Egyptologist, in London and experience Privileged Access to two museums: first a private, early morning visit to the Egyptian Collection at the British Museum before it opens to the general public – and then a visit to the home and personal museum of world-renowned architect, Sir John Soane, where the tour will be illuminated by candlelight, a re-enactment of how Soane entertained guests and showcased his exquisite collection of Egyptian antiquities, including a 3,000-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus. Guests will also visit London’s Petrie Museum, which houses more than 80,000 artifacts from ancient Egypt and Sudan. In Oxford, guests will visit the Ashmolean Museum, one of the oldest in the world, and home to a varied collection of Egyptian mummies and art – and go behind the scenes at Oxford University’s Griffith Institute, where they will enjoy a Privileged Access visit to see Carter’s archives, which detail the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Lastly, guests will have an opportunity to visit Highclere Castle – the country seat of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon – and enjoy an exciting opportunity to view the earl’s magnificent private collection of Egyptian artifacts. Guests traveling through April 2020 may opt for the new five-day King Tut & the UK’s Egyptian Collections extension, which also includes an opportunity to visit Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, a special exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery that is presented by Viking. Pharaohs & Pyramids During the 12-day, Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, guests experience Egypt’s cultural treasures in seven destinations. The cruisetour begins with a three-night stay at a first-class hotel in Cairo, where guests can visit iconic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Sakkara and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Guests will then fly to Luxor, where they will visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak before boarding a Viking river ship for an eight-day roundtrip cruise on the Nile River, featuring Privileged Access to the tomb of Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, and excursions to the Temple of Khnum in Esna, the Dendera Temple complex in Qena, the temples at Abu Simbel and the High Dam in Aswan, and a visit to a colorful Nubian village, where guests can experience a traditional elementary school. Finally, the journey concludes with a flight back to Cairo for a final night in the ancient city. The Viking Difference Designed for discerning travelers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights. On board, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is both beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light. With the most al fresco dining opportunities whether on the rivers or at sea, featuring regional cuisine and always-available American classics, Viking’s guests can truly dine in their destination. A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences on shore and on board. And only The Viking Way® of exploration provides guests with itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences. Local Life excursions shine a light on everyday activities and include experiences such as Viking Chef-hosted trips to local farmers markets, tea at home with local residents and visits with local schoolchildren. Working World excursions feature behind-the-scenes “making of” experiences, illuminating destinations through their most famous exports, such as factory and farm visits. Privileged Access excursions include experiences such as a behind-the-scenes tour of Lobkowicz Palace in Prague, an experience developed with Prince William Lobkowicz and Princess Alexandra Lobkowicz; a special concert with the Vienna Boys’ Choir at Schönbrunn Palace; a private tour and wine tasting at Schloss Löwenstein in Lower Franconia; a private Cognac Blending experience at Camus near Bordeaux; and an exclusive dinner in the Churchill War Rooms in London. In addition, Viking offers a compelling value compared to other cruise lines. Every cruise fare includes an outside stateroom, a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; Wi-Fi; and cultural performances as part of the Viking’s Cultural Curriculum® onboard programming.  About Viking Cruises Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first three years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 78 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit read more

Euronav Picks Current CFO for CEO Role

first_imgBelgian tanker owner Euronav has selected a new CEO following a search and assessment process.The company announced that the current CFO Hugo De Stoop would succeed Paddy Rodgers as CEO of Euronav.It is anticipated that his new role will start following a brief handover period which is expected to take place in the course of the second quarter of this year.The company is now in search of a new CFO.“It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed as CEO,” De Stoop said.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paddy; it has been a real pleasure to work together in order to create the dynamic and robust tanker platform that Euronav is today.”De Stoop joined Euronav in September 2004 and was appointed Deputy CFO and Head of Investor Relations. He was nominated CFO as of January 2008, shortly after the financial crisis had erupted.last_img read more

Optimism for our future Nova Scotia hits its highest population yet

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia has hit its largest population yet, and is ever-so-slowly closing in on one million people.Statistics Canada says there are now almost 959,942 people in the province, thanks to a bump of more than 23,000 since 2015.The data shows an increase of 9,262 people since last July, due to the arrival of 5,137 immigrants as well as interprovincial migration.“This is another positive sign that brings optimism for our future, including strong exports, the most full-time jobs on record and increased tourism visits,” Premier Stephen McNeil said in a release.Nearly half of the population — about 426,000 — is in Halifax, and the port city is booming, its downtown filled with cranes.Earlier this week, the city’s tech incubator, Volta, officially opened an expanded office space that has tripled its size to 60,000 square feet.“A significant core of high-growth innovation companies has come together here in Halifax to form the largest innovation hub in Canada outside of southwestern Ontario,” Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison, the Treasury Board president and minister of digital government, said in a release.last_img read more

Quebec parties meet to discuss ways to better support sexual assault victims

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — Members of Quebec’s four main political parties, including the minister of justice, are meeting today to discuss changing the way sexual violence cases are adjudicated in the province.A spokesperson for Justice Minister Sonia LeBel says participants will discuss ways to better support sexual assault victims within the justice system.The meeting comes amid debate over whether a special tribunal should be established to handle sexual assault cases. Premier Francois Legault has said he is open to the idea.LeBel, Helene David of the Liberals, Veronique Hivon of the Parti Quebecois, and Christine Labrie of Quebec solidaire will participate in the meeting, scheduled this afternoon at Montreal’s courthouse.McGill University law professor Angela Campbell says a special tribunal — similar to what exists for domestic violence cases in other parts of the country — would be one way to improve the system. She says rates of sexual crimes against women are high, but the crimes often go unreported and unpunished.Campbell says a special tribunal would not diminish the burden of proof required to convict. The purpose would be to give victims a greater role in the legal process and to provide a framework to better train judges, prosecutors and court staff on the realities of sexual assault.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Ever wonder where editors, influencers and buyers hang out during Toronto Fashion Week? This season, the city’s most stylish mingled in the RE\SET 003 showroom, watched presentations in the studio stage, heard panelists on Fashion Talks, and sat front row in the runway room—all in Yorkville Village.Between shows, guests stayed hydrated with Fiji water and sipped Grey Goose designer cocktails at Sip Bar. Check out our slideshow of all the chic spots that make up Toronto Fashion Week. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

Morocco Eight Teachers Get Two Months Suspended Sentence

Fez – Monday May 12th was not a normal day for thousands of teachers holding advanced university degrees. They are asking for equal promotion, and temporarily stopped striking in hopes that the Ministry of Education and the trade unions would find a fair solution for the two cohorts (2012 and2013) deprived of promotions based on the degrees they obtained. The result of the long and insincere negotiations between the government and the five trade unions is that eight teachers were sentenced to two months imprisonment, suspended execution by the First Instance Court in Rabat on charges of assaulting a police officer.Instead of responding to the demands of the strikers for the past three months, the Ministry of Education is still complicating the issue. The ministry’s strong desire to deter all forms of protest is meticulously carried out through oppressive methods, and it seems that it has no intentions to solve the issues the protesters present.These teachers obtained their degrees from public universities and made a lot of effort to pursue higher education and research, but now that they’ve graduated, the government is now reneging on its commitments. They are treated like a nuisance to the state and not as precious human resources who are going to develop their country and serve their community effectively. If the government really doubts the qualifications and the competence of these teachers, then it is high time to forbid education in Morocco. It is amazing how these teachers are considered incompetent, and that the ministry needs to test their intellectual abilities, whereas the previous cohorts were competent and got promoted on the basis of the degrees they have. Therefore, to prevent these teachers from asking again for the right to promotion -just like their colleagues- which is guaranteed by the 2011 constitution, the Ministry of Education cleverly resorted to unfair and punitive procedures such as massive wage deductions.In the last February session, thousands of teachers took the promotion exam in spurious and compromised circumstances; there was chaos and disorder in the exam setting. Some found the opportunity to enter the exam room secretly, while others pretended to be teacher trainers, and so on. The issue is that a lot of teachers were not able to take the exam due to the aforementioned conditions, and because they were forced to come back to their workplaces, they were deprived of the exam; though the government promised to launch a second session for those who were not able to sit for the exam in April, so far nothing has been announced.Who is to blame? Is it the trade unions or the Ministry of Education? If the government really wanted to solve the problem and put an end to the inefficiencies in the educational sector, it should start tomorrow, but it seems that teachers in Morocco are doomed to be left behind.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Prices of Hydrocarbons in Morocco Video Goes Viral

Rabat – With the ongoing boycott campaign in full swing, Moroccan Youtuber Mustapha Swinga has released a video to help the public understand hydrocarbon prices in Morocco. On his Youtube page, “Aji Tfhem (Come and Understand),” he explains it all.In the 17-minute video, posted to his page, the Youtuber uses quantifiable details to explain the relationship between the prices of a barrel of oil and the prices of different types of hydrocarbons.The video illustrates how businesses use different kinds of hydrocarbons and reviews the historical background of oil in Morocco, including the creation and sale of the oil giant, Samir. The “Aji Tfem” video went viral on social media, trending at number 6 on Youtube Morocco, with more than 524,000 views in three days.The video, titled “How to Understand the Prices of Hydrocarbon in Morocco” follows the wave of boycotts by Moroccan citizens against the exorbitant prices of Sidi Ali mineral water, Centrale Laitière dairy products, and Afriquia gasoline company.The boycott campaign has already resulted in significant financial consequences for the companies, as confirmed by recent financial statistics reported by Al-Massae and Akhbar Al Yaoum.With over 80,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, over 530,000 fans on his Facebook page, and hundreds of thousands of views per video, Mustapha El Fekkak, also known as Mustapha Swinga, has quickly made a name for himself on the web.In less than two years, he has established himself as one of the most influential bloggers in Morocco. read more

Somalia UN rights expert decries killing of aid workers

30 January 2008The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia today condemned the recent killing of three aid workers there and called for justice in the case. The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia today condemned the recent killing of three aid workers there and called for justice in the case.Three staff members of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)–Holland were killed in Somalia earlier this week. Victor Okunnu, a Kenyan doctor, Damien Lehalle, a French logistician and their Somali driver Billan were killed when their car was hit by a roadside bomb outside the town of Kismayo. A Somali journalist, Hassan Kafi Hared, as well as a Somali boy were also reportedly killed in the blast.Calling the deaths “a great loss” Ghanim Alnajjar condemned all attacks on aid workers, journalists and human rights defenders in Somalia.“The international aid community must be allowed to carry out their humanitarian and human rights work in safety and without fear of retaliation,” he said. “These brave people work under extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances and their senseless deaths are an affront to all Somalis and the humanitarian and international communities.”Mr. Alnajjar said those responsible must be held accountable for their crimes. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, but he urged “the Somali authorities to investigate this case and all cases in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.All “authorities and groups concerned” must ensure safe and secure conditions for humanitarian and human rights activities, he said. read more

Calmer weather has led to rise in human smuggling across Gulf of

9 September 2008The United Nations refugee agency said the number of people crossing from the Horn of Africa to Yemen in August was three times the number of arrivals for the same month last year, as smuggling resumed earlier than usual due to calmer weather in the Gulf of Aden. A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said 59 boats brought more than 1,700 people to the coasts of Yemen last month. “That’s triple the number of arrivals for August 2007, when 633 people landed in 10 boats,” Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva. “Smuggling normally subsides between May and September because of stormy weather.”Mr. Redmond said 12 people on one boat died at the end of August, eight of them after jumping into the sea when a gun battle erupted between the Yemeni military and smugglers near the coast. Most of the passengers jumped overboard and eight drowned. Four others died during the voyage across the Gulf of Aden. One Somali man reportedly committed suicide by jumping overboard, while three others suffocated in the hold of the boat.According to UNHCR, almost 24,270 people have made the dangerous voyage across the Gulf of Aden this year aboard smugglers’ boats. More than 177 people died, and 225 people remain missing. At the same time last year, there were 9,153 arrivals, 267 dead and 118 missing.The agency, which has been calling for global action to better address the problem, has stepped up its efforts in Yemen over the past year. A $17 million programme is providing more staff, improved humanitarian assistance, additional shelter for refugees in Kharaz refugee camp, and training programmes for Yemeni coast guards and other officials. “We have also increased our presence along the Yemen coast and opened an additional reception centre,” added Mr. Redmond. read more

US industrial production fell 12 per cent in August biggest drop in

WASHINGTON – U.S. industrial production fell in August by the largest amount in more than three years as factories produced fewer cars and other manufactured goods and Hurricane Isaac triggered shutdowns along the Gulf Coast.Industrial production dropped 1.2 per cent in August compared to July, the Federal Reserve said Friday. It was the biggest setback since a 1.7 per cent decline in March 2009, when the country was in recession.Manufacturing output, the most important component of industrial production, fell 0.7 per cent, led by a 4 per cent drop in output at auto plants.Manufacturing helped lift the U.S. out of the Great Recession, but it slowed in the spring as consumers cut back on spending, businesses invested less in machinery and demand for U.S. exports was hurt by global weakness.U.S. factory activity shrank for a third straight month in August, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s closely watched survey of manufacturing conditions.In August, employers added just 96,000 jobs. That’s down from 141,000 in July and far below the average 226,000 a month created in the January-March quarter.Growth slowed in the April-June quarter to an annual rate of just 1.7 per cent, down from 2 per cent in the January-March quarter and 4.1 per cent in the final three months of last year.The weakness in manufacturing in August was widespread. Production fell at factories making machinery, computers, airplanes and furniture.Even with the August decline, output at manufacturing plants is still 20.7 per cent above the recession low hit in June 2009.Output in mining, which also includes oil and gas production, fell 1.8 per cent in August compared to July with much of that weakness attributed to precautionary shutdowns of oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico in advance of Hurricane Isaac in late August.Output at the nation’s utilities dropped 3.6 per cent in August after posting a 1.3 per cent increase in July. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 10:00 am MDT US industrial production fell 1.2 per cent in August, biggest drop in more than 3 years read more

Commentary Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns still face questions marks

After two games, surprisingly enough, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns find themselves in a similar position – looking for answers. Bengals fans expected great things out of their team this year, as they should. The Bengals made the playoffs last year with a young roster glittered with talent and a solid coaching staff. But while Cincinnati (1-1) managed to beat its Ohio rivals Sunday, it cannot be satisfied with its team’s performance so far, particularly on defense. Meanwhile, Cleveland (0-2) was considered to be in rebuilding mode from the very start of the season. But after a strong showing on offense, the Browns look to build on the momentum of an encouraging loss. The team’s Paul Brown went head to head last week, hoping that a little sibling rivalry would help it bounce back after losing its openers. The fans in observance at Paul Brown Stadium were treated with a high scoring affair in which the younger sibling won out, 34-27. But the fashion in which Cincinnati eventually prevailed was not convincing, nor was it enough to compensate for the thrashing it suffered at the hands of the Ravens in week 1. The Bengals’ secondary got lit up by Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. This is after Weeden could not crack the double-digit mark in quarterback rating the previous week versus the Eagles after he was 12 of 35 for 118 yards, no touchdowns, and four interceptions – a 5.1 quarterback rating. As if that weren’t enough, Cleveland rookie running back Trent Richardson rolled over Cincinnati for 145 total yards and two touchdowns. Richardson is undoubtedly talented. However, the Eagles managed to hold him to 39 yards just a week earlier. It is highly doubtful that the Bengals want to be known as the team that cures all offensive ails. Meanwhile, Cleveland left the game feeling confident that its offense is not as far behind its defense as its week-one performance would indicate. Playing on the road against a team looking for redemption, Weeden looked aggressive from the very start. After studying Cincinnati’s opener, Weeden knew to attack the Bengals secondary, an element of their team that is most likely now their biggest question mark. The previous week, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco had a nearly flawless game in his team’s opener against Cincinnati (21 of 29, 299 yards, two touchdowns and a 128.4 quarterback rating). At the time, experts were gushing over Flacco’s improvement and some even went so far as to say that his infamous offseason proclamation that he was the NFL’s best quarterback was not as far-fetched as once imagined. However, the next week at Philadelphia, Flacco came back to Earth, posting a 66.8 quarterback rating. So let’s see, Weeden and Richardson are embarrassed and shutdown respectively by the Eagles, then have prolific offensive performances versus the Bengals. Meanwhile, the Ravens look unstoppable on offense in their opener against Cincinnati, then put up 16 points in a loss at Philly. Sure the Eagles are impressive defensively, but the Bengals can no longer feel confident that their defense will win them games. Giving up 27 points in a home opener to a struggling quarterback is not exactly the ’84 Bears. Up next for Cincinnati are the Redskins. Washington is averaging 34 points a game under the guidance of rookie Robert Griffin III, a true anomaly at the quarterback position. Wily veterans dream of his 70.9 percent completion rate while many running backs will fall short of the near-1,000 yards Griffin is on pace to gain on the ground. Griffin delivered a near-flawless performance in his team’s season-opening win in New Orleans. The Redskins then fell just short last week in St. Louis to a Rams team that exploded for 28 points in the second half. One can only imagine how the disappointment of that loss combined with the added enthusiasm of playing at home will motivate Griffin. What do the Bengals, ranked 29th in pass defense, plan to do to stop him? With zero interceptions on the year, will Griffin feel intimidated? Unlikely. Their five sacks in two games don’t exactly strike fear into opponents’ hearts either.  If the Bengals want to win, they will need to match the firepower of the Redskins. Last week, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati offense showed signs of life. The second-year quarterback threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns against an imposing defense. And now they get to face a Redskins defense that is ranked 31st against the pass. But there is no guarantee that the Bengals will be able to pick apart Washington’s secondary. After all, the Bengals have allowed more sacks than any team in the league. And Dalton has looked uncomfortable at times this year, unable to connect with favorite target wide receiver A.J. Green. That is where free-agent addition, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, comes into play. The former Patriot has provided consistency and grit and proven to be a clear upgrade over predecessor running back Cedric Benson. He helped Cincinnati finish off Cleveland last weekend and was the only bright spot in that horrendous loss in Baltimore. Playing on the road, convention would say: mix Green-Ellis in with the pass early on, turning to the short passing game to pick up first downs until the opportunity presents itself to take the occasional shot downfield to Green. With a young offense like the Bengals, it is better to start slowly, so as to avoid falling behind early against the (surprisingly) prolific offense of the Redskins. Meanwhile, the Browns are at home to face Bills. Buffalo features the latest NFL sensation, running back C.J. Spiller. Despite not starting the opener, Spiller leads the league in rushing and shows no signs of slowing down. He is averaging a Madden NFL-like 10.1 yards per carry. Oh, and the Bills are thin at wide receiver and feature an inconsistent quarterback. Yeah, we might see them run the ball. But Cleveland cannot afford to stack the line of scrimmage as they were forced to reshuffle their secondary after the suspension of cornerback Joe Haden. Fortunately, the Browns feature a defense that can make plays. They are first in the league in interceptions and tied for second in sacks. They might be wise to pound the ball with Richardson and wait for something to happen on defense or special teams. While the Bills are ranked near the bottom of the league in pass defense, Cleveland’s coaching staff should avoid the temptation of allowing Weeden to air it out. They shouldn’t read too much into last week– the Bengals’ secondary looked confused, as they did against the Ravens. It would seem that Weeden is closer to the turnover prone rookie we saw in the opener than the passer who threw for over 300 yards in Cincinnati. Besides, Weeden’s success was a direct result of Richardson’s breakout game anyway. read more

Junior WCh 2015 Egypt Brazil and Norway secure TOP 16 spots

← Previous Story RK Vojvodina looking for a new coach – Ćirković goes to Constanta Next Story → Brazilian handball rules in Pan America All four teams who will play at the TOP 16 are known from Group D at the Men’s Junior World Championship 2015 in Brazil. Germany, Brazil, Egypt and Norway booked their places for the knock-out stage.Japan – Norway 26:35Brazil – Uruguay 27:16Germany – Egypt 29:24STANDINGS:Germany 8Brazil 6Egypt 5Norway 4Japan 1Group A:Belarus – Russia 41:28Sweden – The Netherlands 44:20Tunisia – Paraguay 43:21STANDINGS:Sweden 8Belarus 6Russia 4Tunisia 4Netherlands 2Paraguay 0

Poll Should Ireland introduce an ageverification system for users of pornography websites

first_img Share Tweet Email Poll Results: Image: Shutterstock/hamburg_berlin I don’t know/No opinion (794) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 29th 2019, 10:22 AM Poll: Should Ireland introduce an age-verification system for users of pornography websites? Similar measures were announced in the UK earlier this month. YesNoI don’t know/No opinionVote Short URLcenter_img Yes (5740) 31,741 Views Image: Shutterstock/hamburg_berlin 112 Comments No (4726) Monday 29 Apr 2019, 10:22 AM THE IRISH GOVERNMENT is set to consider the introduction of age-verification measures for users of online pornography.Similar measures were announced by the UK earlier this month, when it emerged that pornography sites will be expected to have age-verification systems from July to ensure users there are over 18.The government is now considering bringing in similar restrictions here as part of new legislation on internet safety.Proponents say the measures will be an effective way of ensuring child safety, but because they are a world first, the jury is still out on whether they will actually work.So today we’re asking: Should Ireland introduce an age-verification system for users of online pornography? By Stephen McDermottlast_img read more

Im undergoing chemotherapy Im supposed to live in a germfree environment How

first_img Share46 Tweet Email Short URL Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 12:05 AM ‘I’m undergoing chemotherapy. I’m supposed to live in a germ-free environment’: How the water outages are impacting residents Though restrictions have completely been lifted, residents say water outrages are becoming a common problem in the area. 9,977 Views People are coming home from work – two income families working really hard to pay for their mortgage that they saved up for…and they don’t know if they can have a shower at the weekend.Although restrictions have now been lifted, there are no guarantees that all areas will receive full water supply, especially those on high ground. The utility also said some customers are reporting airlocks in their system as a result of having no water. It has provided information (available at this link) for those affected by that particular issue.Irish Water has said anyone with a disability, or who is vulnerable in some way, and has trouble getting to the water tankers provided can contact Irish Water and be placed on the vulnerable customer register by ringing 1850 274 274. Water can then be delivered to them.“There’s a fundamental issue here I feel,” says Anne after speaking to about her diagnosis and treatment.“I don’t know why all the houses got planning permission in this area if there isn’t a capacity to supply them with water.“It’s a basic human right,” she says. “I think that needs to be investigated and I think the politicians need to answer those questions.” Subscribe for more videoscenter_img Source: By Andrew Roberts “I HAVE CANCER at the moment and I’m undergoing chemotherapy,” says Skerries resident Anne Able (68), whose house didn’t have regular access to a water supply for the past five days.“I’m supposed to live in a germ-free environment,” she adds. “Which is very difficult to maintain when we can’t have clean water to have regular showers.”Anne was just one of many residents in the Dublin area who have been impacted by ongoing water supply problems over the past six months. Most recently, they had a water outrage that started last Wednesday evening.Extremely strict restrictions were lifted last night but some barriers remain in place. Irish Water last night said that “in order to avoid widespread water outages it is likely that reduced night-time restrictions will be placed on the supply from Tuesday 12 June to Thursday 14 June from 10pm to 6am nightly”.Fingal County Council and Irish Water both say they are hopeful that if water conservation measures are implemented in homes and businesses, the restrictions will be be lifted in full for the weekend.In the past week, the authorities were trying to maintain some supply to all households – for at least for the morning time between 6am to 10am – but some properties on the edge of the network found themselves more severely affected and without any running water.Resident Karen Power was one of those residents who couldn’t access water during those times because her house is located on a hill.“It’s absolutely ludicrous in this day and age we don’t get water because we live on a hill,” she told the“My family’s been lucky that we have family nearby,” she says, “so we’ve been able to go over there and get showered and cleaned every couple of days, though in-between we’ve had to wash down the kids and ourselves with water wipes.”She says that Irish Water initially delivered one tanker to provide for their local area and that it took calls from frustrated residents to bring more down.“People are very angry at this stage,” she says. “This isn’t the first outage we’ve experienced.“There is a significant ongoing issue with water in the area,” she says.She says there doesn’t seem to be enough water supply for housing developments that have been granted planning permission in the area.She says her family lost water for five days in March and over Christmas – a worrying trend that makes her think outages like this will happen every couple of months.Local councillor Tom O’Leary says residents are annoyed and frustrated.“I’ve been getting complaints for six months and people were being very quiet and reserved,” he told“Naturally they’ve bought new homes and they don’t want to devalue their homes,” he adds. But he says they’ve had enough and aren’t going to keep quiet anymore. 24 Comments Jun 12th 2018, 12:06 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Real Good You Guys Terranigma

first_imgTerranigma isn’t perfect, and there are two pretty prominent flaws that can make the game slightly frustrating. First, experience levels are jarring and vital. Each level gives you a significant bump in power, and that bump can be completely necessary to get through parts of the game. Certain bosses will only register single points of damage until you reach a specific level that isn’t directly stated, after which you can actually hurt them.Second, the magic system is very limited. It’s literally finite, requiring items called Magirocks to cast spells. There is only a certain number of Magirocks in the game, and you can’t replenish them like most games’ magic energy. So, if you’re like me, you probably won’t ever use magic, and will outright forget spells are an option by the time you reach a boss where you would even consider casting them.These are fairly minor complaints for an action RPG that’s long, elaborate, and thoroughly satisfying. It’s much more contemplative and emotional than many other JRPGs of its time, and both the themes it explores and the mechanics it uses to explore them are extremely fun to watch and play with.If you want to play Terranigma legitimately, your options are limited. It hasn’t been released on the Wii U or 3DS Virtual Console in any region, and there are no official ports on other systems. On the bright side, the European version is in English, so you can import a SNES cartridge and play it on a Retro Freak or another retro game system that supports SNES games from different regions. There are also much easier and extremely legally dubious digital methods I, of course, can’t elaborate on or condone.Regardless, Terranigma is one of the best games on the SNES, and it’s a shame it never came out in North America or got released on a Virtual Console. It’s up there with Chrono Trigger among my favorite games for the system, and deserves your attention if you like the Mana or Gaia games.It’s real good, you guys.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The SNES Classic Edition is out now, and while it’s currently really hard to find it isn’t doesn’t seem to be dealing with quite as comically bad distribution and supply as the NES Classic. What matters is that it’s a box with over a dozen excellent Super NES games, including at least four of the best video games ever made. It’s still missing some true greats, though, including one of my favorite games ever released on the SNES.I mean, besides Chrono Trigger, of course.I’m talking about Terranigma, and while you might have never heard of it if you grew up in North America, you’re probably familiar with its legacy. Terranigma is an action RPG by Quintet, the makers of Actraiser and Illusion of Gaia. In fact, Terranigma is the sequel to Illusion of Gaia, at least as much as any numbered Final Fantasy game is a sequel to the one before it. Also, thanks to Hardcore Gaming 101 for the screenshots! Real There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational PoisonReal Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M… Stay on targetcenter_img Terranigma takes the concept of restoring decimated areas from Soul Blazer and cranks it up to Actraiser levels of godhood. With the continents raised, Ark has to return life to them, which involves exploring dungeons and defeating the evil forces holding back the very essences of plant and animal life. The situation gets downright dire at times, including a scene involving a goat that I really don’t want to spoil for you. But it hits hard.After Ark brings life back to the world, his job still isn’t even half-done. That’s because mankind has also returned to the world, with no recollection that it was wiped off the face of it. Ark wakes up in the middle of bustling civilization and has to make his way through this now very inhabited fantasy world. This involves going to different towns and helping them grow and develop by dealing with their problems (again, like Actraiser).This involves slaying monsters and clearing out haunted castles. It also involves running errands for Thomas Edison and replacing a monarchy with a democratic republic. There are some weird, interesting quests involving the people of Terranigma.There’s also Louran, a town with events I don’t want to spoil, but it’s up there with the goat.All of this is shown through Chrono Trigger-level graphics. Parts of the game look absolutely fantastic, with incredibly detailed, elaborate backgrounds and sprites. Some dungeons have very repetitive tile sets and some enemies and NPCs are uninspired, but even in those cases the game looks better than Illusion of Gaia, which itself looked pretty good. At its peak, we’re talking about Dark Omen and Magus’ Castle levels of visual design. Terranigma is the third game in Quintet’s fan-named Gaia Trilogy (or Soul Blazer Trilogy, if you prefer), which consists of Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia, and Terranigma. All three are action RPGs that share themes of the evolution, destruction, and reawakening of life (they also all have a dog named Turbo). Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia came out in North America, but Terranigma only came out in Japan and Europe.This is a shame, because Terranigma is easily the best of the three. That’s impressive, considering how fantastic Illusion of Gaia is.In Terranigma, you play as the unsubtly named Ark. Ark is just a simple anime boy in a simple anime village who comes across a mysterious box in the village elder’s basement and accidentally turns everyone into stone. He’s given a mission to climb to the top of five towers surrounding the village to fix things (six if you want to access everything in the game).If that sounds like a really simple premise, that’s because it’s just the tutorial to teach you different mechanics for fighting and puzzle-solving. It’s also the process that literally sets up the entire game. I say literally, because reaching the top of each tower revives a continent on the outside world.By the way, Ark’s village is actually in an underground netherworld, and you have a whole planet to restore and explore.With the final tower finished, Ark still needs to fix the world itself, because it was completely and utterly destroyed ages ago. So instead of saving your village you get kicked out and have to explore the barren wasteland of earth.This is where the game really starts, and it starts off crazy.last_img read more

Countdown to Nomination Day Friday Nov 18

first_img Related Items:#electioncountdown, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 15, 2016 – One month and the 7,727 voters will go to the election polls to determine the next government of the Turks and Caicos Islands.  It is a contentious race for the 15 seats; 10 from the districts, five all island and in three days it will be clear who is offering for office.Friday, November 18th is Nomination Day in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img